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Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Tuesday Topics–9 Travel Essentials

Life.Love.Lauren

A lot of people asked me how I managed a cross country road trip and three weeks spent away from home with three kids, and I thought this week’s Tuesday Topic would be perfect for elaborating on some of our needed items, both for me and for the kids. As I have mentioned in the past, I always end up forgetting something important when I travel, but luckily I tend to travel in places where I can go to the store and buy whatever it is I forgot – for example, on this trip I forgot swim diapers, so we just bought more. I do have a packing list that I go over when I travel, I just tend to leave stuff out.

Anyway here are nine recommendations for road trip travel essentials from me!

travel essentials

1. Camera – I would be very upset if I left for a trip and forgot my camera. I know there are people who take trips without taking photos in order to try to live more in the moment and not behind the lens, but I’m not like that! I love to look back at my trips afterwards, and especially to share the memories with others!

2. Travel DVD player – Our van has a built in system which is nice and keeps the kids occupied at least for a little while! Our old car didn’t have a built in system so we had one that attached to the seats. It is much more convenient now that we can load movies from the front of the car!

3. iPhone charger – I forgot my charger when we went to Florida last November. The iPhone 5 had just come out and the charger was only carried by Apple. None of the hotels had them available to borrow since they were so new. I think the charger is available in regular stores now, but for me it is an essential that must be packed!

4. License Plate Game and other games – We ordered the Melissa & Doug License Plate Game before our road trip. Since we decided to leave earlier in the day than we’d originally planned, our package arrived after we left! The kids have been playing with it during Mommy Camp though and I can highly recommend it for a road trip. We did bring along a box of games that we took out in the different places we stayed so that we had things to do when we were not out touring.

5. Box of Cars and Bag of Barbies – or whatever toys your kids love to play with. The boys were occupied for quite awhile lining up all of their cars and playing Disney World parking lot. Gabbie played with her Barbies a little less than they played cars, but at least she had a bag of toys she knew she liked to play with. If you are road tripping, it doesn’t take that much extra space to bring along your kids’ favorite type of toys.

6. First Aid Kit – Stock your kit with kids’ medicines as well as adult medicines. When you get a cold on vacation it is so much easier to grab the medicine you brought from home then to make time to hit the pharmacy. Don’t forget the Band-Aids – Simon fell while running outside a restaurant and we were able to quickly put a Band-Aid on his leg to heal the boo boo.

7. Water bottles – I highly recommend giving each kid his or her own bottle of water to keep by his or her seat in the car. This way you don’t have to listen to complaints of thirst and you don’t have to keep passing bottles back from the front of the car. I also prefer the sports top type that even Simon can open himself (when he wants to).

8. A plan – My best bit of road trip advice is to set out with a plan. Know where you’re going, so when your GPS tells you it will take you 10 hours to get somewhere and you only expected it to take 8, you will realize that it probably doesn’t know about a recently opened road. Have some idea of your stopping points, because depending where you are traveling you may only have a few options.

9. Flexibility – Even though you may have planned to leave your house at a certain time, if your husband hears about storms coming he may want to leave earlier. Be flexible! You may have a plan but it may not carry itself out exactly as you thought it would. Things happen!

What do you think of my road trip travel essentials? Other ideas I forgot?


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8 comments:

Janine Huldie said...

I loved getting your take on this since like you said you did just take a cross country trip. So I knew you would have some great suggestions for sure and you truly didn't disappoint!! They are essentials I do agree and especially that last one with little kids!!

Tamar SB said...

I always forget something too, even with my 15 lists! Thank goodness I am usually at my sister's or mom's when I travel so they either have it or there are plenty of stores around!

Helene said...

Ive never heard of the license plate game!! sounds fun!
Helene in Between

Kera @ Nugget On A Budget said...

Travel essentials...I think all of these are on my list, too. Except maybe the car games and the portable DVD player. Those will come in a few years when Sofia is older! Luckily, right now she's happy with her snacks, juice, and falling asleep for most of the drive. The camera and many device chargers are a MUST!

Rachel said...

I still remember when we got a car tv when I was a kid...it was a small screen, but still really heavy tv with an attached VCR that could plug in to the car, and us kids were so amazed by it. We watched Ice Age hour after hour and I think my parents enjoyed that.

Sara said...

How did people travel with children before the invention of the portable DVD player??? If I am traveling more than 45 minutes I make it a point to travel with the DVD player.

Lauren {at} Life.Love.Lauren said...

I don't like going without a plan. Great list!

Tamara Camera said...

I only went on one cross country trip in my life, and it was before kids. We did have an senior citizen husky with us, though! I'm haunted by the memories of it - I want to do it again someday. With the kids, sure, but with just my husband would be pretty great too. Camera and iPhone charger are the two most important things I could think of! And water, of course. Protein bars too.